Chart of the Day

“My lesson from Soros is to start every meeting at my boutique by convincing everyone that we are a bunch of idiots who know nothing and are mistake-prone, but happen to be endowed with the rare privilege of knowing it.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Most will be focused on daily action around the 50DMA across the board as most charts are hovering around key inflection points. Sadly, shorter-term, technicals may need to take a bit of a backseat as action will likely continue to be dictated by headline risk.
As previously discussed, in terms of intraday action, we would continue to keep a very close eye on how credit and oil are trading (with and without headlines).
Our current view and thinking is highlighted in the latest Weekly Outlook Video.
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Wishing you a great day ahead.

Early Morning Update

“The game of speculation is the most uniformly fascinating game in the world. But it is not a game for the stupid, the mentally lazy, the man of inferior emotional balance, nor for the get-rich-quick adventurer. They will die poor.” – Jesse Livermore
Wednesday, December 5, 2018 has been declared a National Day of Mourning in commemoration of the death of President George H.W. Bush. Remember that many exchanges, including U.S. stock and bond markets, will be closed for trading.
If you missed it, we would recommend going through our recent post where he highlighted some of the charts and dynamics that are on our radar.
We have attached 3 of the key graphs and moves we have been talking about and remember that we sill have to get through NFP this week. Furthermore, we fully expect to see what is likely going to be a lot more drama out of Washington.
Our base case has not changed, we are still looking for equity and ultimately dollar weakness (current thinking). Naturally, if key levels break, we will be very quick to revise and possible reverse course of action. As always, it’s all about price.
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Early Morning Update

“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.” – Anthony Robbins
Most gaps from the Sunday euphoria are done. As discussed in yesterday’s webinar, you have to be suspicious when every talking head, pundit and punter is absolutely certain of any given outcome. As a general rule, we have and will continue to fade these situations.
Our main focus remains on price and on how markets react are specific levels. Remember that this week will likely prove to be pivotal in setting the tone for action into year end.
Here are some of the charts we will be updating and discussing today (charts can be loaded by clicking on the bullet title):
If you missed our latest update heading into this weekend and our discussion focusing on the possible repercussions on equities and the dxy, you can watch the recording > HERE.
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Charts of the Day

“Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill. Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt. Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner. Do your work, then step back. The only path to serenity.” – Lao Tzu
If you missed it, you can take a look at our > Latest Weekly Outlook Video.
Here are some of the charts we will be reviewing and discussing today:
  • Crude still under pressure and into KEY support > CL_F Daily
  • Dollar still looking for direction into this sloppy resistance zone > DXY Weekly
  • Germany still not looking pretty. Swing in play and we have now given back 2 years of free money stimulus > DAX Weekly
  • As discussed Tech broke back in July with Netflix and the repricing is in play > NQ_F Daily
  • The Generals did a very good job at paving the way to the upside, so it’s only natural that they do the same to the downside > FANG Daily
  • Still stuck inside the yearly range and no change in outlook; we expect yearly lows to be revisited > SPX Daily
  • As we have been discussing since 2017, Junk is really painting an ugly picture. ignore at your own peril > JNK Weekly
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We will be enjoying a 4 day weekend and will be back for the last trading week of the month on Monday.
Wishing you a great day and Thanksgiving break ahead.

Charts of the Day

“And yes, you should lose, and I know I can lose and should lose, it’s just a question of quantity. If you lose more than you should have done, that’s when you get into trouble. It’s a lack of discipline in sticking to what you decided you were going to do that causes difficulties. A lot of traders don’t focus on their targets and fail to block out emotions like hope,  fear and greed.” – David Kyte
Key inflection points across the board as we continue to experience good conditions for traders. Here are some of the Key Charts that we will be focusing on and reviewing today.
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Wishing you a great day ahead.

 

SPX in Context

“I think investment psychology is by far the more important element, followed by risk control, with the least important consideration being the question of where you buy and sell.” – Tom Basso
Just wanted to put out a short post in response to a wave of comments/questions regarding when we will break out to new highs and why we are not getting long equities and why we sound so cautious.
With all these headlines and constant news flow, it’s important to step back and make sure we have a good understanding for where markets are: essentially, we are going nowhere.
We could easily highlight the shorter-term move and the series of higher highs and higher lows since the April low but the bigger point is that the market is still inside the January/February correction area. As we said back then, we would not be surprised if the market stayed stuck inside this range for the better part of the year. However, the other more salient point is that, as Geo-economic and Geo-political risks keep on building up, it is really hard to find a reason/justification for why we should beak and hold above the all time high.
As always, context is key and for now, this is still just one big trading range. We’ll discuss trading ranges and how we like to engage in them in more detail in one of our upcoming update videos.
No change to what we discussed in our latest Weekly Outlook Video, Keep an eye on the Twitter Feed for updated charts and commentary.
Wishing everyone a great day ahead.

Buying Time

RESOLVE: Banish uncertainty. Affirm strength. Hold resolve. Expect death.
Make your stand today. On this spot. On this day. Make your actions count; do not falter in your determination to fulfill your destiny. Don’t follow the destiny outlined in some mystical book: Create your own.
Your resolve to tread the path of life is your best asset. Without it, you die. Death is unavoidable, but let it not be from loss of will but because your time is over. As long as you can keep going, use your imagination to cope with the travails of life. Overcome your obstacles and realize what you envision.
You will know unexpected happiness. You will know the sorrow of seeing what is dearest to you cut down before your eyes. Accept that. That is the nature of human existence, and you have no time to buffer this fact with fairy tales and illogical explanations.
Each day, your life grows shorter by twenty-four hours. The time to make achievements becomes more precious. You must fulfill everything you want in life and then release your will upon the moment of death. Your life is a creation that dies when you die. Release it, give up your individuality, and in so doing, finally merge completely with Tao.
Until that moment, create the poetry of your life with toughness and
determination.
365 Tao: Daily Meditations
Deng Ming-Dao
No big change to what we have been discussing. The main issue remains that broadly speaking, we are stuck and waiting for a catalyst. The SPX chart is probably the best one to look at to highlight this:
As you can see, DXY is also stuck, as discussed in out latest weekly outlook video.
Our most interesting swing chart (Crude), is finally getting some traction and it may actually hold the key to other asset classes finally starting to get some traction too:
If you had to only look at one level today, then it would have to be the 7000 mark on Nasdaq:
Always worth keeping an eye on:
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Wishing you a great day ahead.

Chop Chop

“Workaholics are addicted to activity; superachievers are committed to results.” – Charles Garfield
We remain stuck in broader ranges as we wait for all the Central Banks, more clarity on possible tariffs and NFP.
In case you missed our latest review, please check out the weekly outlook video.
Today’s charts:
ES > our base-case hypothesis
SPX > fight is on, breakout will likely bring momo to rest extremes
DXY > as discussed in the video, we need to be patient and wait for a break outside of this sideways chop zone
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Wishing you a great day ahead.

Waiting for the Weekend

“I don’t think trading strategies are as vulnerable to not working if people know about them, as most traders believe. If what you are doing is right, it will work even if people have a general idea about it. I always say you could publish rules in a newspaper and no one would follow them. The key is consistency and discipline.” – Richard Dennis
As discussed in our latest weekly outlook video the short-term focus is on potential event risk this weekend with developments in North Korea and with Hurricane Irma. Remember that risk happens fast; it doesn’t matter until it does but at that point, the train has usually already left the station. SPX can be your guide but we would also be keeping a close eye on the RUT and action around that 50DMA.

With the BOC out today, USDCAD will clearly be on our radar. After this 10%+ correction, it will be interesting to see if we see any kind of profit taking pre/post the rate statement. Positioning is very short and the moves could be very aggressive either way with action around the 1.25 mark being pivotal.
As discussed, until we get a sustained move into and through the 18/20 area on the VIX we suspect that it’ll be business as usual.
And don’t forget to keep an eye on ZBs, things could get very sporty here too…

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